August 5, 2019 Subject:
Still makes me happy
These last two shows were not the best, we all know that(and it sucks that people love to complain about it), but there are moments where Jerry is present, and those little sparks make me happy. The venue was no known for it sound, but I do recall my seats for the first night being in a good area sound wise. VOJ brings tears to my eyes to this day. I would still rather see these shows again than any of the recent incarnations of the band nowadays.
80's creekfreak -
October 6, 2012 Subject:
maybe its me
To be honest stopped going in 88 and to me the brent years were the best. just like others think there hay days were the best and for them it was. It comes down to the boys were the back ground music to the party. I really have never listen to much from 88 on. just listen to further stuff and to me Jer at his worst is still heads above yes Jerry is not the Jerry of Old. BUT WTF give the guy a break. Did he have a choice but to get back on the road. He gave us his life and poeple on here are freakin bitching. Didnt think I would have said this before listening to the shows at the end but this show to me has a little bang to it. I would give anything to see Jerry forget the words just one last time
July 29, 2010 Subject:
Wow, man. There's a lot of hurtful words on here. This was a great group of songs we are blessed to listen to. Jerry struggled with the expectations that listeners put on him. So, "If mercy is your business, I wish it for you." Thank you Jerry and rest your soul easy. Love you, Jerry.
February 23, 2010 Subject:
everyones a critic
Ive been to over 300 shows.so ive seen my share of great shows and also seen jerry just going threw the motions.83 was a tough year,but then you get 86 were they broke out stuff i never thought i would see agian.i was at the garden when they broke out saint stephen,it wasent great but it was stephen and i never thought id see it.then i saw it a week later in new haven same exact 3 songs as the way they did it in NY.you know id be at a mediocore show and people would be going crazy over anythig jerry did,and being a musician my self id know jerry wasent even close to being jerry.then the next night jerry would be on fire.we all have bad days at work,lets face it it is his job.some people expect jerry to be flawless every night,and some think he is. come on guys,A MAN IS JUST A MAN.
February 2, 2010 Subject:
Why do we down this show because of problems at others?
The standard critiques--Jerry forgets all the words, he was a shell of himself--fall apart if you listen to Visions. By this point he was using a teleprompter, and he nails the words with the exception of one line. The guitar sound, which is no doubt way too thin for most of the rest of this tour, is spot-on here. There are weak points in this show, but this VoJ is spectacular.
This is the only show my wife ever _saw_, after collecting shows for years (back when you needed a tape player and friends) and she thought it was pretty good. Not stellar, but good. There were other shows on this tour that were good too--3 rivers comes to mind.
Some of that is pretty brutal. I saw an "Unbroken Chain" a few shows earlier and it was very sad. You couldn't even hear Garcia and his back was to the audience. The Visions Of Johanna" is the same one that's on "Fallout from the Phil Zone". Garcia could still handle a simple song at that tempo but that's about it. They should have taken some time off and given it a break.
December 22, 2009 Subject:
Why is it not cool to state the obvious? That Jerry was a shell of his former self and was forgetting the words to many a song throughout the last few years and cetainly nightly on the last tour. I saw Unbroken Chain at Shoreline (Mt View, CA) in June of 1995 and it was awful! I would have never thought that was possible a few years before that, but Jerry was such a weak link in the end...and it sucks to have to say that but it's the truth.
December 22, 2009 Subject:
Well, I was at this show and it didn't sound this good where I was sitting. In fact the sound quality was straight up bad. But then, Soldier Field is not a good venue for concerts.
Thanks for the great recording and for bringing back the memories!
August 2, 2009 Subject:
thats not very cool man, this is the show before the last...love you jerry
July 3, 2008 Subject:
the recording is messed up...so was jerry as he forgot the words to many songs.